Automating the Office Word client application is sometimes the only way to accomplish certain tasks.
- Understanding the Three Approaches to Office Development using VSTO
- What is the Difference between ‘Word Automation’ and ‘Word Automation Services’?
- Understanding the Architecture of Office 2010 Managed Add-Ins and Customizations
- Understanding the Difference between Custom Task Panes and Action Panes
- Microsoft Word 2010 Developer Building Blocks
- Exploring Tables-of-Contents in Open XML WordprocessingML Documents (Part 3)
- Updating the TOC in a WordprocessingML Document using an AutoOpen Macro
When using Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO), there are three basic approaches to Office development: 1) Application-Level Managed Add-In, 2) Document-Level Customization, 3) Office Automation. (Article)
‘Word Automation’ and ‘Word Automation Services’ are two developer building blocks that have similar names, and have overlapping functionality, but are very different pieces of technology. (Article)
The most important technology for building Office applications is that of managed customizations (including application-level managed add-ins, and document-level customizations). Understanding the architecture and capabilities of managed customizations enables you to place the various developer technologies in context. (Article)
To the user, custom task panes and action panes have an identical appearance. Custom task panes and action panes consist of some screen real-estate that co-exists with the open document or spreadsheet within the Office client. This real-estate can be docked to the right, bottom, left, or right of the document or spreadsheet. It can also be a floating window. (Article)
Extending Microsoft Word 2010 is one of the most effective ways to augment content and enable richer collaboration around documents. There are many ways to extend Microsoft Word 2010 and integrate user-friendly and powerful document editing into your application. Extending Word is the most common way to develop for Microsoft Office. (Article)
In this screen-cast, I show how you can use Word Automation to open and save the document, thereby causing all fields to be updated, including the TOC. (Video)
In the screen-cast that I present in this post, I show how you can add a TOC using the Open XML SDK, and then modify the normal.dotx, adding a macro, so that whenever you open a document that contains a TOC, Word repaginates the document and updates the TOC. (Video)